Begin your guided tour to Montserrat with pick-up from your central Barcelona hotel and settle into your private vehicle for the scenic 45-minute drive to Montserrat. Admire jaw-dropping views of the Catalan countryside as you wind through the hills and climb up the mountain road to Montserrat. Along the way, hear how the famous mountain earned its name, which means the ‘Jagged Mountain’, and learn about its spiritual significance as you arrive at the mountaintop Montserrat monastery.
After an introduction from your guide, enjoy around 2.5 hours to explore Montserrat independently. Perhaps tour the monastery and visit the Black Madonna, ride the funicular or cable car (own expense) to the Holy Cave or hike around the mountaintop and marvel at the magnificent views. After lunch (own expense), jump back in the car for the second stage of your trip.
Keep your camera close to hand as you drive through the idyllic Penedes wine region and hear how Catalan specialty Cava is produced as you wind through the vineyards. Finally, stop to enjoy a tour and tasting at a local Cava house, where you can sample a variety of fine sparkling wines and perhaps purchase some bottles to take away with you.
After a full day of explorations, soak up the scenery on the return journey to Barcelona and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.